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Google Assistant > Anyone received this new feature yet ?

17: Community Champion

Source : Pocket-Lint. 

Link : What-is-google-assistant-how-does-it-work-and-which-devices-offer-it

 

Google Assistant.

 

After trying out various assistants such as Cortana and Siri I found they could sometimes be a little hit and miss and I mostly used them for initiating a call, dictating a text and sending it or setting an alarm or creating a Reminder or Calendar entry. 

 

Looking forward to trying this one. 

 

Do you use these assistants for similar reasons ?

 

Do they come in handy in the car for hands free usage reasons ?

 

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17: Community Champion
Not received it yet on my P9+ and still waiting for Vodafone to release Nougat too.
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17: Community Champion
Will give it a go once it arrives but probably just when I am in the house on my own as i would get some stick off my mates and colleagues if i start talking to my phone !😁
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17: Community Champion

63johnw wrote:
Will give it a go once it arrives but probably just when I am in the house on my own as i would get some stick off my mates and colleagues if i start talking to my phone !😁

 

Hi @63johnw

 

 

Yeah I've experienced the same.

 

I Once had a little experiment where I and a colleague went about sending the same text. I used an assistant and they typed their text message. Bearing in mind this colleague was very fast at typing.

 

I won. 

 

That said being out and about I use my earphones.

 

I guess people just think I'm holding a telephone conversation.

 

Heck with the technology these assistants use it's almost like holding a conversation.

 

Scary !!

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14: Advanced member
Do you no you can check for Google Assistant by pressing and holding your home screen button for a few seconds and if you're Google play services is up to date you may receive an update for Google Assistant.

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17: Community Champion

Hi @Stevie1

 

Yes I do thank you. 

 

Been holding and hoping. Lol. 

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17: Community Champion

I use Google Voice Actions quite a lot... Apart from making it a bit more conversational rather than pure commands I don't see how this will change existing functionality... maybe I'm missing something..?

 

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17: Community Champion

I'm inclined to agree with @Nabs.   What's the difference between Google Assistant and OK Google (which can also do things like make calls and send texts if you allow it)?   I have a vague memory of having read something about it and felt that it wanted to know just a bit too much about me.  FWIW, I have the search option buried under a long home key press, so it's not always on an listening.

 

I also agree with @63johnw that the world probably isn't quite ready for everyone talking to their tech yet!   (When it is, and we all are, are we going to have to lock our own devices to our own voices to avoid spurious results??)

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hrym wrote:

I'm inclined to agree with @Nabs.   What's the difference between Google Assistant and OK Google (which can also do things like make calls and send texts if you allow it)?   I have a vague memory of having read something about it and felt that it wanted to know just a bit too much about me.  FWIW, I have the search option buried under a long home key press, so it's not always on an listening.

 

I also agree with @63johnw that the world probably isn't quite ready for everyone talking to their tech yet!   (When it is, and we all are, are we going to have to lock our own devices to our own voices to avoid spurious results??)


@hrym I have it set to only listen when the device is unlocked (no idea how I did it but that's how it works) and I primarily use it in my car which I have set up as a bluetooth smart lock device so my phone is always unlocked when i'm driving.

 

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17: Community Champion
I believe it's as @Nabs has said and a bit more conversational.
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13: Advanced Member
HI about Google assistant. I have tried holding the home button for a few seconds and all I get is Google now and not the assistant and can't find it in Google settings (s7 edge user) I thought it was only available on the pixel and the siri one for Microsoft
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17: Community Champion

Hi @SKYMAN513

 

 

It's an update being sent out to your phone.

 

Long holding the home button can instigate an update to the new assistant. It's a matter of keep checking that way. 

 

I think the issue I have is that my Google App is disabled along with Ok Google. I'm not a big fan of Big Brother Google knowing more than they need to about me. 

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17: Community Champion

I've effectively disabled Google Now as well, and for the same reasons.   You need to have web and app activity turned on for it towork, and I assume the same would apply to Google Assistant.

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17: Community Champion

As it lives in Google then yes I think so. 

 

For me I'm uneasy with the amount of permissions it wants. 

 

It's something at the moment I can do without. 

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14: Advanced member
Hi All,

Personally l don't think there's going to be much difference between Google Now and Assistance from what I have seen on assistant you can do the same things via Google now. You can send texts access your emails photos all via voice commands through Google now as well as countless other things and l really can't see what all the hype is about.

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14: Advanced member
Do you no that Google assistant is actually intergraded into Google Allo so if you want to see what it's like go to the play store and download Google Allo it needs alot of permissions like access to your texts, camera, phone, contact's, photos and a few more

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17: Community Champion

@Stevie1 I did give that a try when it first launched but uninstalled it fairly quickly as i couldn't be bothered with the separate app. haha

 

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14: Advanced member
If any of you want Google Assistant on your phone today then try this method it works just tried it on mine.

1) go to settings add language US make this your default language.

2) go to playstore and uninstall the google app after uninstall is complete tap update exit playstore.

3) press and hold home screen button you now have google Assistant then just following instructions to setup once done you will have the full version of google assistant.

4) not sure if this will still work if you change your language back to UK after installing google assistant because I haven't tried it yet still playing around with it but it looks and works fine.

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14: Advanced member
Just for info if you change your language back to English UK you will lose google assistant and it will revert back to google now change mine last night and this morning it had gone back to google now. Just follow the steps above to reinstall google assistant.

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17: Community Champion

Update. 

 

Google Assistant updated onto my phone this afternoon. 

 

Very responsive.

 

New Update. 

 

Looks to be a Google App update and not Google Assistant.  :smileyembarrassed:

 

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